It takes a whole team to make a school a safe and happy place for children to learn. Please join the Stars in our Schools celebrations on Friday 25 November 2016 which will recognise the fantastic work school support staff have done over the past year.

School support staff help children learn, keep children safe and healthy and make sure schools run smoothly. They are the caterers, the admin staff, the finance officers, the teaching assistants, the librarians, the ICT technicians, the parent support advisers, and more. School support staff are vital to the effective running of a school, but this is not often recognised as they are usually tucked away behind the scenes. They are the unsung heroes of our children’s education.

The Stars in our Schools day will see local schools across the UK celebrating the great work that school support staff do by holding awards ceremonies, putting on special assemblies and even dressing up as super heroes! There are many ways we can all get involved in this great cause!

UNISON recently undertook a workload survey of over 14,000 school support staff which revealed that 52% have experienced stress, anxiety or depression as they struggle to cope with their workloads and 53% of teaching assistants have experienced physical violence at school. School support staff are often unfairly forced to work on term-time contracts, leading to many being forced to work two or even three jobs to make ends meet. Our annual celebration day of the fantastic work support staff do in schools is an important opportunity to raise the profile of the workforce, as well as bringing attention to these issues.

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  1. Contact your local UNISON branch to discuss a school visit or local event on Friday 25 November
  2. Lead a debate on the work of school support staff
  3. Tweet your support using the hashtag #StarsInOurSchools
  4. If you have children or grand-children at school, encourage them to make a card or take a gift for their favourite support staff on 25 November

For more information, please visit the Stars in our Schools website. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please do get in touch with‎ National Officer for Education and Children’s Services at UNISON, Joanna Parry via or 020 7121 5364.